Reviewer:Vidvan Gauranga Das
August 31, 2009 Subject:
A mediocre translation
This is only good for those learning Sanskrit.
The actual message of the Gita is meant for those who are interested in becoming obedient to Krishna's instructions. As Krishna Himself states in 18.65-66, as the summary of the entire book, the purpose of the Gita is to become His devotee. And in the Ninth Chapter, He specifies that such devotees who chant His names are the greatest souls. So, the whole point is missed if one imagines that the Gita is a book subject to open interpretation.
We can't even construct effective open interpretations with a bulletin issued by Government, so how can we do it with a sacred bulletin issued by the One Supreme God in simple Sanskrit?
May 16, 2009 Subject:
My favorite translation of The Bhagavad Gita
I bought this specific book at a second hand market and it changed my life instantly after reading it, it realy did. I am not a religious person but these words of thousands of years ago are of such a beauty and honesty and directness that it did, for me it's the best book I ever came across and it still is after all those years. I recomend this book to you with all of my hart, it's beautifull! The only warning I have to give to you is that this world is full of organisations that claim to be followers of Krishna and have their own interpretation of this book saying you have to chant whole day's and so on. If that would be the truth we would have monks doing that for thousands of years and such organisations dating back to Krishna are nowere to be found, at least I dont know them.